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answered Maintain hundreds of customized branches over master branch
Sep
23
comment Why have private static methods?
@Magnilex, The "this" pointer does not get passed to static class methods, therefore they will tend to be faster then static instance methods, unless the compiler detects the "this" is not used in the instance method (unlikely).
Sep
22
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Sep
22
comment Why do build tools use a scripting language different than underlying programming language?
@gbjbaanb, agreed today, but go back even only 10 years and there were too many distros to choose from and each customer expected you to support the one they had chosen. Once you sold a system to a customer on a given distro, they expected surport for new versions of that distros over the next 5 or 10 years, even if new customers wanted a different distros.
Sep
22
comment Why do build tools use a scripting language different than underlying programming language?
If I want a computer to run software I have written myself, then I want it be flexible and have 101 options how the kernels is compiled etc. However if I am selling software to be installed on the customer’s computer, I want the customer to be running a OS that is not flexible, so that I know it will work on their computer if it works on mine. That was a big factor when looking at Linux as a software vendor - support just looked too expensive. Linux has won the hosted server software wars, where the server is provided by the software vendor – e.g. most web deployed software.
Sep
22
comment Why do build tools use a scripting language different than underlying programming language?
This was DESKTOP software GIS, imaging processing, map editing, road traffic modeling, mobile phone coverage, etc.
Sep
22
comment Why do build tools use a scripting language different than underlying programming language?
As to porting to windows. A customer could put a unix work station AND a windows 95 PC on each desk, or just a NT machine. At the time Intel based systems were about a 1/4 of the price of unix systems. The linux project was only just starting.
Sep
22
comment Why do build tools use a scripting language different than underlying programming language?
Let’s add, there was 4 main products built of this code base along with a handful of custom solutions for large customers. Each product or custom solution had different versions of 10s of modules along with 10s of modules that was only used in it. The build system controlled what version of each module was used for each product. (I think there was about 300 modules in all, so even deciding on the version fo each module that when into a give version of a given product was hard.)
Sep
22
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Sep
21
answered Why do build tools use a scripting language different than underlying programming language?
Sep
18
answered How to choose between git and Mercurial
Sep
10
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Aug
17
answered What is it about functional programming that makes it inherently adapted to parallel execution?
Jul
31
comment Should a c# dev switch to VB.net when the team language base is mixed?
As a C# programmer I have worked on projects that use VB.NET. But more often than not the VB.NET programmers did not know what they were doing, did not have Comp Sci degrees and wrote methods with 100s of lines of code. Therefore I leaned to ignore any job advert that asked for VB.NET.
Jul
31
answered Coding guidelines for seamless merging
Jul
31
comment Coding guidelines for seamless merging
"Never put anything under source control that can be derived from something else - this means no binaries, no generated code, no build intermediates, etc." I disagree with this, on one product the build system CHECKED all such items were the same in the SCM as the output of the tool, this was great. It let us diff generated SQL between versions, but still make it impossible for anyone to hand edit it.
Jul
30
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Jul
29
answered Is it ok to avoid testing base classes?
Jul
28
answered Finding the closest n points to any arbitrary point in two dimensions (r-tree, quadtree, spatial index)
Jul
28
answered Quadtree with duplicates